Let's meet Count Fébus in his impressive Castle of Montaner
Built in the 14th century at the request of Gaston Fébus to protect the borders of Béarn, Château de Montaner is listed today as a historic building by the French Ministry of Culture. It retained an imposing square keep as a reminder of its glorious past. The Château was built in just a few years from 1375 to 1380. Gaston Fébus believed that its location on the border between Bigorre and Armagnac represented a strategic post of major importance. A large garrison was stationed there, capable of defending or attacking the surrounding territories. But it was also a residential palace, with a lot of space reserved for the Sun Count and his court.
It is possible to go on this tour from April to October.
We can meet in Pau or Lourdes and then go to Montaner by car (which will take us about 30 to 40 minutes). The guided tour will take 5 floors up the medieval tower. This red-brick tower looms forty feet high, and offers a stunning 360° view over the Adour plain and the Pyrenees! There is also an interactive tour that takes us back to medieval days and the times of the castle's famous builder Gaston Fébus, a legendary Pyrenean prince.
A charming church of St Michael, nestled below the walled enclosure, is also worth a visit, if only for its beautiful frescoes dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries!
We can also have lunch in one of the local restaurants.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: I suggest we meet in Pau or Lourdes
Duration: 6 hours
I will pick you up in my car, a Peugeot 5008. It is also possible to rent a minivan for bigger groups. I can help you arrange it.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euros - lunch and souvenirs
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
No restrictions apply to my tours